Just in case you hadn’t heard, it’s Afternoon Tea Week this week and there is no better way to celebrate than treating yourself (and loved ones if you’re feeling generous) to a sumptuous afternoon tea. The experts at Afternoon Tea have your plans all figured out and here is their list of the best places for afternoon tea in London to sink your teeth into…
One of London’s most unusual afternoon teas, the Wyld Tea at Dandelyan offers a botanical twist on the classic tea with specially paired cocktails whilst enjoying beautiful views of the River Thames. Situated in the award winning Dandelyan cocktail bar, with its plump pink leather banquettes and green marble topped bar this tea is the perfect choice for those oozing with style and glamour.
Consisting of four courses of 1970s inspired sweet and savoury delights by king of cocktails, Ryan ‘Mr. Lyan’ Chetiyawardana, each serving has a unique botanical element from elderflower compressed cucumber & burnt herb cream sandwiches to blackcurrant and verbena Battenberg. The cocktails are equally as inventive and include concoctions such as the Fluff & Fold Royale which is a mix of lime, fresh basil, cacoa liqueur, orange bitters and prosecco. The cocktail afternoon tea is £55, with boozeless (£35) and champagne (£45) versions also available.
Served in the famed Jean-Georges restaurant in The Connaught hotel, it is known as one of the best tea rooms in London and offers an indulgent yet elegant culinary experience on the fashionable Mount Street. Boasting floor to ceiling windows framed by colourful stained glass it is a vibrant setting from which to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with a few lively twists.
A journey of taste and texture, The Connaught afternoon tea begins with a melt in the mouth amuse-bouche followed by sandwiches crafted from a variety of breads in classic and modern flavours, like salmon combined with chipotle chillies. A serving of freshly baked scones follows and the final flourish is a presentation of exquisitely crafted cakes and fancies accompanied with a mini chocolate fondue in which to dip strawberries or ginger cakes. Prices start at £50 per person and champagne afternoon teas are also available.
Winning highly commended at the 2017 Afternoon Tea Awards, the English Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair is without a doubt one of the best places for afternoon tea in London. Hosting many extinguished guests over the years since it opened in 1837 as London’s very first hotel, Rudyard Kipling wrote many of his novels from there and it is also said to have been the inspiration behind Agatha Christie’s ‘At Bertram’s Hotel’. To this day it is still one of the most highly regarded five-star establishments in the city.
The tea room is a mix of tradition and modernism with original wood panelling and Jacobean plaster detailing combined with Paul Smith lighting, statement fabrics and original contemporary artworks. Offering a choice of 17 different teas, you will receive a selection of finger sandwiches, an assortment of pastries, scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve and you also have the choice of freshly baked cakes from a trolley to finish off the delicate fare. Afternoon tea at the English Tea Room starts at £55 per person.
One of the capital’s most famous destinations for afternoon tea, Fortnum & Mason’s longstanding history dates back to 1707 and ever since have specialised in providing the finest produce and service. Offering some of the best tea in London, they have over 100 rare and exotic varieties from around the world and their afternoon teas are served in The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. The salon was opened by Her Majesty the Queen herself in 2012 accompanied by their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.
A haven from the hustle and bustle of the capital, Fortnum & Mason’s tea salon has a serene ambiance enhanced by live piano music in the background. Sample menus of the traditional tea include finger sandwiches with classic fillings such as glazed ham and English mustard and cucumber with mint and lemon butter, followed by plain and fruit scones with a selection of Fortnum & Mason famous preserves. Guests can then enjoy individual patisserie selections from the cake carriage and prices start from £49.
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Having recently undergone an extensive £30 million refurbishment, St Ermin’s offers historically significant interiors and new textural design firmly cementing it as one of the best places for afternoon tea in London. Just a minute’s walk from St James’ Park, you enter the hotel from a tree-lined courtyard and is the perfect stop on a busy day out in London. Served in the tea lounge and library, it is a cosmopolitan take on the great British tradition of afternoon tea.
With a unique menu, it strays from usual finger sandwich fillings and scone selection with savoury treats such as crayfish rolls and roast beef and horse radish on rye. The sweet selection really comes into its own with a host of new flavours like mulled wine jelly with nutmeg panna cotta or hazelnut sponge, spiced cookie and cream with orange jelly on their winter menu and the menu is soon due to be refreshed for summer with even more exciting combinations to try. St Emin’s afternoon tea is available for £29 per person or with unlimited prosecco for £35.
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